autolytic

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au·tol·y·sis

 (ô-tŏl′ĭ-sĭs)
n.
The breaking down of cells or tissues by their own enzymes. Also called self-digestion.

au′to·lyt′ic (ô′tə-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
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Adj.1.autolytic - of or relating to self-digestion
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